Birmingham starlet Jude Bellingham is believed to have been “impressed” with his visit to Manchester United but “various” other clubs are talking to the player.
That’s the verdict from Sky Sports’ Kaveh Solhekol after the talented 16-year-old was seen exiting Manchester United’s training ground earlier this week.
Pictures emerged on Monday of the midfielder being driven away from Carrington by Bellingham’s parents and immediately talk of a deal being done was rife.
The report though claims Bellingham, who could cost as much as £50million in the summer, is keen to play first-team football.
“The 16-year-old is being chased by clubs including Manchester United, Chelsea and Borussia Dortmund but he and his family have not decided where he will move yet,” wrote Solhekol.
“Bellingham is enjoying playing first-team football, registering four goals in 32 appearances for the Blues this term, and the youngster wants to make sure he plays wherever he is next season.”
United pulled out all the stops for the youngster and introduced him to legendary boss Sir Alex Ferguson as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men aimed to get a deal in place.
“He was driven to United’s Carrington Training Ground on Monday by his parents for talks with Manchester United, they were given a tour and introduced to Sir Alex Ferguson.
“Birmingham have given him permission to speak to interested clubs and he is taking his time before making up his mind about his future. Talks are continuing with various teams but no deal has been agreed yet.
“Are United the favourites to sign him? It is difficult to say, but he was impressed by what he saw on Monday. Playing regularly is his priority.
“At just 16 he has the world at his feet.”
Apparently “well-liked” by his team-mates Bellingham seems intent on making sure his development continues by playing regular football and it’s doubtful whether United could offer him that next season.
The England Under-17 star, who is out of contract in June 2021, has scored four times and earned three assists in 35 games this season in a range of roles across midfield.